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Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is looking forward to a much-deserved summer vacation in the Outer Banks. When the mayor of the beach town turns up dead, Kit and her friends need to put their fun and relaxation on hold to help solve the crime.
August has been a busy month for congressional staffer Kit Marshall. She hit the road with her boss, Congresswoman Maeve Dixon, who is considering running for the United States Senate in North Carolina. After endless town halls and meet-and-greets, Kit is happy to end the tour in Duck, an upscale beach town in the Outer Banks.
Before Kit can relax on her much-deserved vacation with her husband Doug, brother Sebastian, best friend Meg, and beagle mutt Clarence, the body of Duck’s mayor is found floating in the shallow waters of the Currituck Sound.
Kit’s brother Sebastian, who got in a public kerfuffle with the victim the day before, becomes the prime suspect. Solving the mystery takes her to popular hotspots in the Outer Banks, including a private tour featuring the wild horses of Corolla.
Kit must sacrifice sun-filled days of relaxation to clear her brother. In the end, Kit and Sebastian put their own lives on the line to secure a confession from the killer and make sure justice is served.
Fast Five with Colleen J. Shogan
Hi, Colleen! Thank you so much for stopping by Brooke Blogs! I am excited to chat with you and hear your answers to my Fast Five Interview Questions. Congratulations on your newest release, Dead as a Duck!
1) What does a typical day look like for you? Do you write every day?
I try to write most days. However, I have a rather demanding day job as a Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association, so there are times when that’s not possible. I find that it’s better to write consistently, even if it’s only fifteen or twenty minutes.
2) What or who was the inspiration for the Washington Whodunit series?
I worked on Capitol Hill from 2015 to 2020 in a variety of positions, ranging from a policy analyst in the United States Senate to a senior executive at the Library of Congress. During that time, I interacted with all kinds of people: members of Congress, congressional staff, lobbyists, librarians, and other experts. It was quite a cast of characters! All of these people were the inspiration of the Washington Whodunit mystery series.
3) If you could have dinner with a character from one of your books, who would you choose and what’s for dinner?
If you’re familiar with my series, you would have to agree that having dinner with Meg (Kit Marshall’s best friend) would be the most fun. Meg loves to eat and is always excited about going to restaurants and trying new things. She’s also the “party girl” so I imagine a night out with Meg it would be entertaining. She doesn’t have a favorite food, except Prosecco, the Italian bubbly wine she loves!
4) What research did you do for Dead as a Duck?
My husband and I have vacationed in the Outer Banks for more than a decade. We now own a small house in the town of Duck, the setting for the book. I did some reading to learn more about the history of the Outer Banks and the wild horses that live there. Besides that, it was years of experience that enabled me to describe the setting accurately!
5) What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Karen Tumulty’s amazing book, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan. It is a comprehensive biography of Nancy Reagan with a focus on the years in the White House. It is revealing, well written, and tough to put down!
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About the Author
Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at numerous universities. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Currently, she’s a Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association. A member of Sisters in Crime, Colleen splits her time between Arlington, VA and Duck, NC.
Author’s Prior titles: STABBING IN THE SENATE, HOMICIDE IN THE HOUSE, CALAMITY AT THE CONTINENTAL CLUB, K STREET KILLING, GORE IN THE GARDEN, LARCENY AT THE LIBRARY